Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month

Let’s Make this Holiday Season Joyous and SAFE for families!
Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month
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As we scan the sale ads this weekend looking for those great toy deals, let?s keep in mind the safety of our children too.

Prevent Blindness America, the nation?s oldest eye health and safety organization, has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. The group encourages everyone to make conscientious purchasing decisions based on what is best for each individual child.

Prevent Blindness America organization suggests:

Make recommendations to family members and friends about gifts that you feel are appropriate for your child. Be diligent about inspecting these gifts before allowing your child to play with them.

Inspect all toys before purchasing. Monitor toys that your child has received as gifts to make sure they are appropriate for your child?s age and developmental level.

For younger children, avoid play sets with small magnets and make sure batteries are secured within the toy. If magnets or batteries are ingested, serious injuries and/or death can occur.

Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (such as a basketball along with eye goggles or a face guard with a new batting helmet for baseball or softball).

Any toy that is labeled ?supervision required? must always be used in the presence of an adult. Keep toys meant for older children away from younger ones.

Always save the warranties and directions for every toy. If possible, include a gift receipt. Repair or throw away damaged toys.

Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.

Inspect toys for sturdiness. Your child?s toys should be durable, with no sharp edges or points. The toys should also withstand impact. Dispose of plastic wrapping material immediately on toys as they may have sharp edges.

Don?t give toys with small parts to young children. Young kids tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If the part of a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, the toy is not appropriate for children under the age of 3.

To see if a toy has been recalled for any reason, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commision website. You can also sign up for safety recall alerts by email while you?re there.

We want everyone to enjoy the upcoming year ? so let?s be safe and take a minute to inspect the toys on the little one?s wish lists and avoid unnecessary injuries. Happy Holidays!

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